Cardinal Mindszenty
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, celebrated Mass on May 7 in honor of the Servant of God József Mindszenty (1892-1975).

The year 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the Hungarian cardinal’s priestly ordination, the 70th anniversary of his appointment as the nation’s primate, and the 30th anniversary of his death.

Imprisoned by the Hungarian Communist regime in 1948, the prelate was freed during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and took refuge in the US embassy during the subsequent Soviet invasion. In 1971, he left the embassy at Blessed Paul VI’s request, and subsequently resigned his see in 1973.

“Mindszenty remained throughout his life a pastor who felt a strong responsibility towards those who were entrusted to him,” Cardinal Parolin preached at the cardinal’s titular church in Rome.

Cardinal Mindszenty knew the “great danger of Communism and sought to strengthen his people by example,” Cardinal Parolin continued. “Seeing the despair of the inhabitants of the country and the increasing pressure from the regime, he announced a pastoral program for the new evangelization of Hungary. He also encouraged constant prayer, based on the values of love of God and neighbor, promoting devotion to Mary.”
There appears to be some revisionism in this article afoot:

Quote:The clerical heroes of the Eastern bloc, including the Soviet Union and the satellites, were numerous, many of them still unknown, except to those closest to them. Some outstanding cardinals such as the Polish Cardinal Wyszynski and Yugoslav Archbishop Stepinac stood up publicly to the oppressors; perhaps the best known of these martyrs is Cardinal Mindszenty, prince-primate of Hungary. As a humble parish priest he had been imprisoned under the brief Communist regime of 1919 in Hungary and then again because of his opposition to the Germans in 1944. During the postwar period he worked tirelessly to rebuild both the country and the Faith, inspiring the faithful and organizing food distribution to the needy. He became so popular, and so uncompromising in his orthodoxy, that the Communists viewed him as a major threat to their control and decided to eliminate him. Charged, ludicrously, with black marketeering and other crimes, he was imprisoned in 1948, tortured repeatedly, and put on public trial. He had stated in advance that any confession he made would be forced and therefore invalid. It is clear from the film footage of his courtroom appearances that he was not himself, and he later described how he had been drugged. Innocuous statements were read to him that he was asked to sign; damning admissions were deftly substituted, however, when the papers were placed before him for quick signatures. On the basis of such fraudulent maneuvers, the cardinal was condemned to death — a sentence that was magnanimously commuted to life in prison. Making an example of such a man backfired on the regime, and Cardinal Mindszenty, even during his years of imprisonment, was not forgotten by his countrymen. Liberated during the 1956 counterrevolution, he became once again a rallying point for Catholic Hungary, until the Soviet repression forced him into sanctuary in the American Embassy.

He was, incredibly, forced to leave that refuge by Pope Paul VI in 1971, after refusing to resign as primate of Hungary. In 1973, the pope stripped the cardinal of his titles and declared the position of primate vacant. Mindszenty issued a statement declaring that he had not resigned. He settled in Austria and from there he traveled the world, encouraging Hungarian Catholics to be faithful to their religion, even in exile. Following Mindszenty’s death in 1975, Pope Paul appointed in his place another, more pliant, cardinal who got along quite well with the Communist authorities. It was not until years after his death that his body was finally returned to his native land, where it now rests in the great episcopal cathedral of Esztergom, near a new museum dedicated to the life and work of this great Catholic hero.

Moczar, Diane (2013-12-10). The Church Under Attack (pp. 204-206). Sophia Institute Press. Kindle Edition.
He was a great Catholic!!!
(05-13-2015, 05:14 PM)Estevao Wrote: There appears to be some revisionism in this article afoot:

You are quite right! I remember the case quite well, and His Eminence NEVER resigned, despite pressure from Rome, in an attempt to placate the Red Slave Masters!

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